June 18, 2024
2:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT / 6:00 PM GMT
Duration: 1 hour
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In this roundtable, we will discuss the advantages and challenges associated with pneumatic conveying systems, including bulk solid handling, vetting storage, air filtration, and all types of processing of powders and bulk solids.
Our panelists will discuss new materials, techniques and equipment that are influencing the field, as well as explore strategies for optimizing efficiency, reducing energy consumption, and minimizing downtime. We will also touch on safety considerations as well as integration with automation.
Todd Smith | Business and Strategy Manager | Kansas State University - Bulk Solids Innovation Center
Todd Smith is Business and Strategy Manager of Kansas State University’s Bulk Solids Innovation Center. KSU-BSIC, a partnership of industry, university, and government, is the only university-based Bulk Solids research center in the Americas. Todd spent 35 years in the bulk solids industry, first at DuPont, then as Engineering Manager at MAC Equipment (now Schenck Process) and then General Manager of Coperion K-Tron Salina and vice president of the company’s Global Systems Group. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Kansas State University and earned his M.B.A in 1998. He has authored one book, as well as many magazine articles and technical papers. Todd’s Board of Director experience includes president of the KSU Dean’s Advisory Council, Process Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, Salina Area Technical College, Salina Chamber of Commerce, Salina Regional Health Foundation, Salina Municipal Band, and Salina Soccer Club.
Kevin Solofra | BSIC Lab Manager | Kansas State University - Bulk Solids Innovation Center
Kevin Solofra earned his BS and MS in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla — now Missouri S&T. Kevin has a background ranging from research engineering with product scale-up through process/production management in various industries. His experience started in the realm of electro-ceramics for appliances, followed by low wear ceramics and body armor, and most recently the glass industry for architectural, automotive and glass insulation. From a process point of view, Kevin has dealt with all aspects from spec’ing raw materials, through conveying materials, and all the way to finished part quality analysis. All of this has led a strong blend of technical expertise combined with a manufacturing/business viewpoint to approaching, understanding, and working through industrial opportunities.